Comparative education: Philosophical issues and concepts

Mark MASON, Colin William EVERS

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This Entry considers the constitution and definition of the field of comparative education in terms of its substantive content or object of study, its method, and its aims and purposes; the differentiation of comparative education from related fields such as international education, educational development, and area studies; and conceptual issues associated with the role of cultures and countries, or nation-states, as units of analysis in comparative education, not least the influence of increasing rates of globalization on the efficacy of culture as a unit of comparison. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Education
EditorsPenelope PETERSON, Eva BAKER, Barry MCGAW
Place of PublicationOxford
ISBN (Print)9780080448947
Publication statusPublished - 2010


Mason, M., & Evers, C. W. (2010). Comparative education: Philosophical issues and concepts. In P. Peterson, E. Baker, & B. McGraw (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Education (3rd ed., pp. 257-265). Oxford: Elsevier.


  • Area studies
  • Comparative education
  • Culture
  • Educational development
  • Globalization
  • Identity/definition of the field
  • International education
  • National culture
  • Nation-state


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